On Friday night, Kathy Wakile of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey visited Mohegan Sun with her husband Rich. The housewife, who is a pro in the kitchen with her own dessert line, started her visit by judging the finale of Mohegan Sun’s Chef Battle which concluded Restaurant Week. Next, Kathy headed over for her free Reality Check event in The Shops concourse and was joined by Rich, which fans loved! Both Wakiles were greeted very warmly by dozens of fans who stood in line for autographs and photos.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Ashley N. Manning graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Manning is the daughter of Jennifer Gonsalves of New London, and Shawn Manning of Oakdale. She is a 2011 graduate of East Lyme High School.
Air Force Airman Kevin D. Gardner graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Gardner is the son of Daniel and Dorothy Gardner of Colchester. He is a 2012 graduate of Norwich Technical High School.
Where else can you find a bit of Napoleon’s bed curtain? The real thing, an American sailor’s souvenir from the island of St. Helena, where the French emperor was safely tucked away from 1815 to 1821 to be kept out of further European mischief by placing him in, almost literally, the middle of nowhere near the middle of the South Atlantic.
Well, that snippet of fabric is safe in Stonington Borough in the Old Lighthouse Museum, along with hundreds of other oddities, curiosa, memorabilia, treasured one-of-a-kind bits of history.
The museum now has received two significant grants designed to bring these treasures closer to the eye of the public. The Historical Society, which administers the lighthouse, has been awarded $9,983 from Connecticut Humanities and $3,978 from the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation to help plan the exhibits.
“The Historical Society is honored and fortunate to win these competitive awards,” according to the Society’s Director, Mary Beth Baker. The Stonington Historical Society’s new exhibits for the Old Lighthouse, one of Connecticut’s best-loved icons and the first lighthouse museum in the nation. Mary Beth expains that the Old Lighthouse is like a 2,240-square-foot “cabinet of curiosities,” an intimate space filled with fascinating items, many of them heirlooms handed down over generations by Stonington families.
She observes that visitors often miss the treasures in the museum in their quest to find the stairway to the top of the Lighthouse tower to enjoy the view. “Some people sail right past the 19th-century hair jewelry belonging to Capt. Nat Palmer’s sister or the machete made from shark teeth brought back from Indonesia, with a mere glance at the so-called stern board from the whaleship Susan & Mary, which in 1975 caused a sensation in the world of folk art when it was exhibited at the Whitney Museum.”
“This grant support,” Mary Beth continues,
“is very encouraging. But it is also ‘matching.’ That means that without the continued support of friends, neighbors, and members, we will not be able to move forward. Thankfully, so far people have been very generous.” Once all the plans are complete, the Historical Society will still need to raise over $1.5 million to complete the project.
For more information on visiting the Lighthouse and making a donation, visit the Historical Society’s website (www.stoningtonhistory.org) or call 860.535.8445.
Q: I think I’ve read this question in your column before, but I can’t remember your answer. Will “China Beach” ever be released on DVD? I loved that series, and I wish I could watch it again.
– Beverly W., via e-mail
A: I’ve gotten scores of letters asking that same question, and I finally have a definitive answer for you: On Oct. 1, fans can at last own the critically acclaimed, Dana Delany-starring hit series. For the show’s 25th anniversary, the complete series will be available in a 21-disc collector’s set in stores and online.
Q: You mentioned a show set in the 1940s about the Mafia that was supposed to air on TNT called “Lost Angels,” but I can’t find mention of it anywhere. Can you help?
– Douglas B. in Ohio
A: The latest TNT drama has been renamed “Mob City” and is set to premiere Dec. 4. The show centers on the epic battle between a determined police chief and a dangerous mobster that inflames 1940s Los Angeles, and stars Jon Bernthal, Neal McDonough and Ed Burns.
DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I’m writing in reference to your recent column about training a “cool city pooch.” You’re forgetting that many cities have laws about tying up your dog to lampposts. Unless that “cool pooch’s” owner wants to pay a fine, he’d better forget about doing that.
– S.Y., via e-mail
DEAR S.Y.: That’s a good point: Pet owners should check city ordinances ahead of time before taking their pets out on a stroll. Are pets completely not allowed inside businesses by city law, rather than at the business owner’s discretion? Can you tie their leash to a lamppost, bike stand or outdoor table? Can a dog be unaccompanied or off leash at any time?
As a counterpoint, many cities’ leash laws are sometimes a bit vague on this point. Almost all require that owners keep their dogs under control at all times, and on a leash everywhere except in designated off-leash areas. Municipal buildings and schools are usually off-limits to non-service dogs, period.
Some cities, and an increasing number of businesses, are making more allowances for dogs. For example, some grocery stores and a few department stores in my area, like Home Depot, allow small dogs inside as long as they stay on a leash beside their owner and are well-behaved. However, it is up to the pet owner to learn what the rules are in the businesses he or she wants to frequent.
The most important point, beyond what’s written in leash laws or by businesses, is that pet owners be good citizens, and make sure their dog is safe and under their control when out and about.
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New York — Sep 19, 2013 / (http://www.myprgenie.com/) — International Soccer legend John Stavros today announced the upcoming shooting of the Women of Soccer Calendar to be held in NYC.
“The Women of Soccer calendar is done in coordination with some of the major soccer events world wide.” said John Stavros, soccer legend and creator of the Women of Soccer calendar. “This calendar will be released in coordination with the World Cup in Brazil and feature some of the worlds top female soccer stars as well as some famous models. This will be the first time the exclusive calendar will be shot in NYC.”
Stavros, in the current owner of PMP studios and 320 studios NYC’s number one Private events space in business for 24 years, a soccer promoter and former Playboy TV Art Director, has created an elite brand in the Women of Soccer Calendar. Stavros was instrumental in forming one of the first female soccer team in New York, the S.S.T.’s and has been a promoter of major soccer event worldwide for over 30 years. The Women of Soccer calendar is a special edition calendar that is printed in very limited quantities and only produced in coordination with major soccer events world wide. The outfits worn by the calendar girls will be provide by Kappa, Italy’s top sportswear brand.
“The shoot will take place at 320 Studios in Manhattan and feature a dozen ladies I have worked with and discovered. We have already cast soccer stars Lauren Bustos and Riley Westgaard, both are great players and beautiful people! The calendar will be shot at months end and be produced and released in early 2014. This will be the best Women of Soccer calendar to date,” concluded Stavros.
The schedule for the Woman of Soccer shoot is as follows. All ever will be produced at 320 studios, 320 West 37th Street between 8th and 9th avenues
- Monday and Tuesday September 23rd and 24th from 10AM to 5PM call back and fittings and casting of talent.
- Wednesday September 25 - The Kappa Fashion presentation to the media. As well as the local talent to be introduced that night.
- Thursday September 26th – 2014 WOS Local Talent shoot
WILLIMANTIC, CT (09/18/2013)– Paige Schneider of East Lyme, CT, is a member of Eastern Connecticut State University‘s field hockey team.
Schneider is a midfielder on the team.
Eastern Connecticut State University’s field hockey team is off to a great start having already defeated Anna Maria College, Lasell College, and Wheelock College this season.
The win over Wheelock College Sept. 11 at the Mansfield Athletic Complex was the third straight victory for Eastern (3-1) after an opening overtime loss, It gives the Warriors their first such winning streak since the 2001 season. That year the Warriors were propelled to an 11-9 record and their only post-season tournament berth in program history.
Eastern Connecticut State University is the state’s public liberal arts university and serves approximately 5,400 students each year on its Willimantic campus and at satellite locations. A predominantly residential campus, Eastern offers more than 30 majors and 50 minors while emphasizing a strong liberal arts foundation grounded in applied learning experiences. For more information, visit www.easternct.edu.
CLEMSON, SC (09/12/2013)(readMedia)– Local residents have enrolled at Clemson University for the fall semester.
Stefanie Marie Duda of Niantic is majoring in Animal and Veterinary Science.
Danielle Krystina Jacobs of Pawcatuck is majoring in General Engineering.
Shannon Michelle Sullivan of East Lyme is majoring in General Engineering.
They join more than 3,200 freshmen at Clemson this semester.
Ranked No. 21 among national public universities, Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science- and engineering-oriented research university that maintains a strong commitment to teaching and student success. Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit, and a competitive drive to excel.
ITHACA, NY (09/10/2013)– A Lyme-Old Lyme High School graduate was able to share the stories of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington with the nation. Megan Devlin, now a senior communication management and design major at Ithaca College, traveled to Washington, D.C. on Aug. 24 to interview participants in the Realize the Dream March and Rally commemorating the 1963 event. Her footage was used on that night’s broadcast of “NBC Nightly News.”
Devlin was one of 13 Ithaca College students in the Roy H. Park School of Communications selected to cover the rally. Led by associate journalism professor James Rada, the students worked with NBC to capture the emotions and reactions of people as they celebrated the historic occasion.
Devlin said the experience was more than worthwhile. “This was an immersive learning experience that put my reporting and videography skills to the test,” said Devlin. “It was rewarding to see how three years of learning and training generated professional footage of a national event that a news network aired on its nightly broadcast.”
The students’ footage was packaged and reported on by White House correspondent Kristen Welker. Their work can be seen on NBC’s website here.
Participants in the rally marched from the Lincoln Memorial to the King Memorial. Nearly 200,000 people attended, many of whom saw Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in person 50 years ago. Devlin was able to hear their stories and capture the spirit of hope being passed on to the next generation.
Rada has also produced an hour-long documentary on the original march with the help of his students. “Meet Me at Equality: The People’s March on Washington” explores the historic event through interviews with historians and more than two dozen people who took part in it. The film aired on several PBS member stations as part of their March on Washington anniversary coverage.
The Resident Is Now On YUDU!
by Jon Persson
Daysailing is usually a genteel affair, perhaps intermixed with moments of excitement, but mostly a picnic in motion with a water view on all sides. Sailing for a day on the schooner Mystic, however, comes with added perks; room for 150 on deck, a chef and steward, dining cabin and lounge. One may even explore among the 18 double-cabins, wood-trimmed and reminiscent of staterooms on a luxury yacht.
The last day in August dawns overcast with a fresh sou’westerly breeze. An 11 a.m. departure is scheduled, the time determined in part by the regular opening set for the Mystic River bascule bridge. While waiting, a passenger is overheard commenting on the elegant view of the far river bank, lined with well-appointed houses; but the view from the o the r side must be even better, given the ir view of Mystic Seaport, the Charles W. Morgan, and Mystic herself.
The run down the river is accomplished smoothly, powered by the ship’s 500- horsepower Lugger engine. Angie Smith, Citizen of the Year for Westerly, Rhode Island, asks “Will we be going out on the open ocean?” She continues, “I am the leader for river-boat cruises all over the place, France, Germany, Belgium, Amsterdam,” on boats which carry 120 to 150 passengers. But, she adds, “the rivers are absolutely flat water,” without the waves and rolling seas of Fishers Island Sound and beyond.
Since her first voyage of the year in June, Mystic has gone through much refurbishing, the varnishwork brought up to a high polish, her squaresails bent on. There is cohesion among her crew, which numbers ten in all including several new faces. Captain Geoffrey Jones remains at the forefront, always intent on the duties of keeping a large vessel safe at sea.
The schooner Mystic, 127 feet on deck, 170 feet sparred, is owned by the Mystic Nautical Heritage Society. This nonprofit organization, celebrating its 20th anniversary on September 4 of this year, has a dual mission; sail training, and the preservation of historic vessels. Geoff Jones is the founder, and he explains that a “crew is receiving sail training” every time they set sail on Mystic. The schooner is manned by a combination of paid and trainee crew members. “We have a focus on maneuvering under sail,” Geoff continues, which can only be taught on board a vessel and is “passed along from generation to generation. This is in our original mission statement,” he adds.
As land is cleared, the sails are set one-by-one, until Mystic heels slightly and boils along at a decent clip. She feels livelier now, her hull having recently been cleared of encumbering marine growth. Finally the bosun goes aloft, near the top of her 110-foot-tall spars, and the
squaresails are set for a spell of near-full-sail majesty.
Amid the bustle and labors of captain, crew, and intrepid reporter, a birthday celebration unfolds for Resident senior photographer Bob O’Shaughnessy. Alexis Ann arranged for a toast of Champagne and birthday cake, the occasion made all the more festive by the setting under sail at sea.
Also on board is a pre-wedding party for Katherine French and Taylor Lynn. They have brought an entourage of their youthful friends along: it’s a reunion of course, and a celebration of two lives set to embark on their matrimonial voyage. They have chosen their celebratory stage well aboard the Mystic, but the formal wedding rehearsal draws near, and the schooner makes a fast passage back to port.
While the Mystic’s departure schedule is regulated by the famous Mystic River bridge, return passages up the river are a more complicated version of the same equation. Often Capt. Geoffrey Jones will make contact with the bridgetenders while still offshore. Wind, tide, and emergency vehicles can alter the timing of reaching the bridge. On this day, a brief layover at the public pier is all that is needed to time the pass through open draw.
After the day’s sail has ended, those who were the re take away an experience that will live in memory for years to come.
“What a fun experience going sailing on a big boat,” exclaims Alex Holder. “What I liked about it was going on a long-distance sail for the first time, and getting to see the inside of the boat.” Adds his Dad, John Holder, “The whole day was perfect; you could see everyone was having a great time. I also met a lot of very nice people. What an experience for my boys to have!” JoAnn Cornell says, “Thank you for a wonderful day aboard the Schooner Mystic,” and her husband John continues, “I helped raise the sails, even asked if I could man the helm, which I did.” Back at dockside Dave Cornell looks back at the schooner and says, “Wow! I’ll do that again anytime. Even at my age I’d like to be part of the crew!”
A daysail: it’s indeed something that must be experienced to be understood.
Captain Geoffrey Jones and the Schooner Mystic will be at the Connecticut Schooner Festival in Mystic and New London, September 11 to 13 and 13 to 15, respectively. Opportunities to go on a daysail aboard the schooner are still available at 860.536.0002.
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Some 160 discerning dessert-tasters named their favorite confections while aboard a Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut cruise and came up with five tasty winners. The Chamber’s dessert showcase, “How Sweet it is…Desserts on the Thames” was a feature of an evening journey on the Thames River and Long Island Sound to network and sample desserts from Chamber member restaurants and caterers.
Winners are: Gourmet Galley Catering–Sweetest Dessert; Foxwoods Resort Casino–Best Presentation; Octagon Steakhouse–Most Original Dessert; Panera Bread–Best Use of Chocolate; Ivy’s Simply Homemade–Best Summer Treat.
Captain’s Pizza and Foxwoods provided a variety of hors d’oeuvres to enhance the numerous desserts and beverages were provided by Cross Sound Deli Services.
Tony Sheridan, the Chamber’s President and CEO, noted that, “These companies, especially the small ones, represent the core of the region’s economy and play a crucial role in providing jobs for the region. I encourage all of our member companies to patronize them. Supporting our small businesses is good for the entire region.” The evening was made possible in part through the generosity of the event host, Cross Sound Ferry Services, in conjunction with Beecher Carlson and MetroCast Business Services.
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